Ministry of Defence, Defence Business Services

Developer for the Beta Phases of the Request a Service Record project.

Incomplete applications

8
Incomplete applications
8 SME, 0 large

Completed applications

10
Completed applications
8 SME, 2 large
Important dates
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Published Friday 1 March 2019
Deadline for asking questions Friday 8 March 2019 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications Friday 15 March 2019 at 11:59pm GMT

Overview

Overview
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Specialist role Developer
Summary of the work Developer for the Beta phases of the Request a Service Record project. Responsible for developing for developing service prototypes, integrating gov.uk/pay and gov.uk/notify and establishing a search tool for record data in line with the Government Digital Technology Code of practice.
Latest start date Monday 8 April 2019
Expected contract length 45 days plus optional additional 15 days
Location No specific location, eg they can work remotely
Organisation the work is for Ministry of Defence, Defence Business Services
Maximum day rate

About the work

About the work
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Early market engagement
Who the specialist will work with The developer will join a team which included Service Manager, Delivery Manager, Technical Architect and User Researcher.
The developer will be expected to work with Subject Matter experts from MOD Disclosure Branches, Policy Leads and members of the public including key user groups for example, genealogists.
What the specialist will work on The Developer will support the service manager to ensure that MOD meets its business objectives for enhancing access to historic military service records via www.gov.uk.

Work setup

Work setup
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Address where the work will take place No preferred location but travel to London, York or Portsmouth will be required occasionally.
Working arrangements A typical working day is 9am-5pm (however working outside of these hours may be required due to business/project need).

The role is based in Portsmouth or York but there may be travel involved tp other regions of the country. Travel expenses outside of the base locations will be covered.
Security clearance SC clearance

Additional information

Additional information
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Additional terms and conditions Cabinet Office (CO) Travel and Subsistence policy will apply. All expenses must be pre-agreed between the parties and must comply with the CO T&S policy

Skills and experience

Buyers will use the essential and nice-to-have skills and experience to help them evaluate suppliers’ technical competence.

Skills and experience
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Essential skills and experience
  • Experience working alongside a user researcher and techncial architect using user centred design practices to ensure stories and user stories and user research are at the heart of product design.
  • Proven ability to design services to meet valid user needs including planning, designing and conducting usability testing of prototypes.
  • Experience in back-end development, with knowledge of ideally one of htese programming languages: SQL, PHP.
  • Excellemt written and verbal communication including strong negotiation skills and the ability to influence external partners, suppliers and stakeholders.
  • Experience in use of service-based technologies e.g. SOAP, RESTful APIs, XML messaging and JSON and AJAX.
  • Experience of working using Agile Methodology.
  • Experience Delivering outputs in line with the Government.
  • Digital Service Standard, Government Digital Service.
  • Design Manual and Government Technology COde of Practice and assessment process.
  • Experience of developing products to meet the needs of assisted digital users to ensure the service is designed to enable maximum digital take up.
  • Understanding of software principles and use of industry standard web application technologies such as XHTML, CSS.
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Understanding of Government Digital Service design priniciples.
  • Experience designing services for GOV.UK.
  • Experience working in multidisiplinary agile teams

How suppliers will be evaluated

How suppliers will be evaluated
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How many specialists to evaluate 8
Cultural fit criteria
  • Be transparent and collaboraqtive when making decisions.
  • Experience of successful collcaborative working as part of a multi supplier delivery team sharing knowledge within the team.
  • Create and maintain an agile working environment.
  • Take responsibility for their work.
  • Can work with clients with low technical expertise.
  • Able to challenge the status quo and use presuasion skills to achieve business buy-in.
  • Have a no-blame culture and encourage people to learn from their mistakes.
  • Bring agile mindset and principles into practise.
Assessment methods
  • Work history
  • Interview
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence

65%

Cultural fit

15%

Price

20%

Questions asked by suppliers

Questions asked by suppliers
Supplier question Buyer answer
1. Is this role outside or inside IR35 guidelines? The role has been assessed as being outside of the Intermediaries Legislation.
2. Would you like us to quote the rate without VAT or inclusive of VAT? Ex VAT
3. Is there a maximum budget or budget range allocated for this role? As per framework rates
4. This opportunity looks like a re-release of a previous role; If so on the previous opportunity the following three bullet points were one questions ;

Experience Delivering outputs in line with the Government
Digital Service Standard, Government Digital Service
Design Manual and Government Technology Code of Practice and assessment process
Could you confirm if you require separate answers to these or if it should be one question?
5. Please confirm if the role is inside or outside IR35? The role has been assessed as being outside of the Intermediaries Legislation
6. What is the maximum day rate? As per framework rates
7. Is this requirement inside or outside IR35? The role has been assessed as being outside of the Intermediaries Legislation
8. Is security clearance required prior to the candidate starting or will a non SC candidate be able to get security cleared for this role? We will support gaining security clearance prior to starting the role
9. Is this role outside of IR35? Yes, The role has been assessed as being outside of the Intermediaries Legislation
10. What is the daily rate? As per framework rates
11. The role is listed as remote/offsite, however, the location is listed as Portsmouth/York. Can you clarify what, if any, travel will be required? If the applicant would prefer to work onsite, York and Portsmouth are the locations on offer. The role is suitable for remote working but travel to York, Portsmouth or London would be required as needed to meet face-to-face with the project team.
12. Is the rate exclusive of VAT? Quotes should be ex-VAT
13. What is the IR35 status of this role? The role has been assessed as being outside of the Intermediaries Legislation
14. Is current SC Clearance a pre-requisite, or will the consultant be supported through the clearance process? We will support gaining security clearance prior to starting the role
15. Is there any specific MVC framework experience required? No specific framework experience is required. PaaS supports the following languages: Go, Node.js,Java (and other JVM-based languages such as Scala), PHP, Python, Ruby, .NET Core.
16. Is experience of PHP07 essential? Or is experience of PHP4/5 sufficient? Experience of PHP4/5 is sufficient coupled with a willingness to gain knowledge of the most up to date version.